The state budget got its first airing on the full house floor yesterday. Lawmakers offered dozens of amendments to the roughly $19 billion bill. The more than nine hour debate covered everything from education and prisons to public funding for vasectomies. But as Bente Birkeland reports, most of the contentious issues had already been resolved.

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